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Grateful Dead Live at The Spectrum on 1987-09-23

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Grateful Dead Live at The Spectrum on 1987-09-23


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Feel Like A Stranger, Franklin's Tower, Walkin' Blues, Friend Of The Devil, Tons Of Steel, Desolation Row, Big Railroad Blues, The Music Never Stopped Bertha-> Cumberland Blues-> Playin' In The Band-> Uncle John's Band-> Playin' In The Band Jam-> Drums-> Jam-> I Need A Miracle-> Dear Mr. Fantasy-> Around & Around-> Good Lovin'-> La Bamba-> Good Lovin', E: U.S. Blues


Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue The Spectrum
Location Philadelphia, PA

Source Soundboard
Lineage SBD > MC > DAT > CD
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Notes

SBD>MC>DAT>CD; Terrible static first 1:12 Stranger; See info file for details; EAC/SHN by Willy

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Reviewer: Phil Krall - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 1, 2016
Subject: my favorite show
I wish they'd play Big Railroad Blues like that every time!
Reviewer: kee-zeee - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 23, 2016
Subject: Never had such good time in my life before
Sound like heaven ringin' in my ears..Philly Dead at it's Phinest~! Forever Grateful>Forever Dead~~>LIFER~!!!
Reviewer: sdesmond - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 23, 2014
Subject: Good sound, good show.
Only picked this show to listen to because I like to pick "listen to a show from this day in history".
Sounds like they were having a good time and I like the sound of this recording.
Reviewer: BIG_R - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 3, 2009
Subject: 9-23-87
Very good show. Nice recording once you get past the static in track one.
Reviewer: jboyaquar - favoritefavoritefavorite - October 7, 2005
Subject: The fun set list lives up to its name. No depth though
1st Set: 'Strange(r)' "tunings" are evident from the onset. It's quite the bouncy version despite a horrifying audio glitch during the first verse. "Franklin's" is quite well-expressed with particular pronounced nuances between the verses and the choruses... (Hey, it's inherent to the song, but sometimes there's so little differentiation) "Walkin" grooves a lot more than my previous thought just did. "FOTD" is heartfelt and patiently told. "Tons" is well-intentioned but never achieved liftoff for me. "Desolation" has a nice musical subtlety that's destroyed by Bobby's impassioned singing. Yea, felt "Big" coming...Well, the backbeat remains strong...kinda iffy on this one. They're botching lyrics and don't seem particularly inspired besides Jerry having fun with the melody. Things brighten considerably around the 4:00 minute mark, with an 'Around' like dedication to the thrust. Brent's silly flurry provides Bobby to skewer "Did you hear what I just Heard?" during the opening moments of "Music." Definitely a good-times set of music. Nothing out of sight, but definitely appealing. (Turn down Bobby's jarring chords 6:45_>)

2nd Set: Wow, they're really filling my smiley vibe with these choices tonight? ("Bertha")More boogieying with "Cumberland" "Playin" really never gets a fair shake. They've been playing well all night, why not take an adventure and stretch 'Playin' longer than 7 1/2 minutes. "UJB" is sadly standard...no real inspiration to be found. Althouygh it's admirable they're doing a "Playin->UJB->Playin Jam" combo, it just doesn;t come close to the areas scoped out on DP 24. Oh wait, isn;t there a "Morning" in the middle of that jam? Anyways, it's all a tad underwhelming. "Drums" passes without mention, whereas there's a nice melding between guitar and drums during "Space" (4's) "Miracle" is decent while "Fantasy" is standard despite some ugly feedback from some of Jerry's soloing. "Around" is surprisingly colorful due to Brent's well-placed Hammond additions. Awwww...yea! I'm sure by now over half of the crowd knows what's up with 'Lovin' this fall. It's enthusiastically performed and makes you wonder why they didn't do this annually; insert an rock n'roll oldie but goodie in the middle of a closing tune.

First "US" in a while; and it sounds nice.
3 1/4 for being a darn good time
Reviewer: captain_trip_420 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 22, 2005
Subject: Last Ones
Last Tons of Steel and Last La Bamba
Reviewer: 15DrPeppers - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 8, 2005
Subject: Right now I can't read too good...
I won't repeat what's already been said about this great show. However, I have to agree this is the best Desolation Row I have ever heard.
Reviewer: Tom Foolery 29 - favoritefavoritefavorite - August 29, 2005
Subject: Spencer Davis?
If my memory serves me right Spencer Davis come out and played with the Band during Good Lovin and the LaBamba.

Am I correct?
Reviewer: sperry - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 24, 2005
Subject: smokes
This show ROCKS! Even the desolation row is fantastic, which can sometimes be long-winded.

Download, you regret it.

Cheers.
Reviewer: JWF - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 10, 2005
Subject: Best I Can Remember
Looking back nearly 18 years later, this show still gives me goosebumps. The energy level from the second set was something that I cannot express in writing. Jerry was moving and dancing for most of the show and broke into a big grin during La Bamba. The recording is a great account from this special night and we should all be thankful of it's existence. I also remember the big group circle dance during Cumberland Blues.
Reviewer: sid weiss - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 18, 2004
Subject: great sound quality
Reviewer: mpc - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 30, 2004
Subject: one of THOSE nights!
It rained inside the Spectrum this night. No, really, it was so hot in there, it was dripping condensation inside, everything was wet. People were sliding around the concourse, it was wonderful mayhem. The second set is just beautiful. Well played and high energy throughout. The static with Bob's mic only lasts the first minute, and other than that, the first set is good. The Big RxR>Music at the end is sweet, but get this for set 2. Bertha>Cumberland>Playin>UJB is fantastic!! i can still remember doing some kind of squaredance during Cumberland, and the UJB is a top 5 performance. By the time the Good Lovin>La Bamba rolled through I was spent! I remember everyone had steam coming off them as we headed out into the real world once more...
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